Jurica Ribar

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Born(1918-03-26)March 26, 1918
DiedOctober 3, 1943(1943-10-03) (aged 25)
Trebeljevo near Kolašin
Alma materFaculty of Law

Jurica Ribar (Đakovo, 26 March 1918 - Trebaljevo near Kolašin, 3 October 1943) was a Serbian painter.


He was the younger son of the politician Ivan Ribar and Communist Yugoslavia's hero Ivo Lola Ribar. Jurica grew up and was educated in Belgrade, where he finished elementary school and the Second Men's High School, and in March 1941 he graduated from the Faculty of Law. During his studies, he actively participated in a student political movement as a member of the illegal League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia. He was actively involved in art, and mostly in painting. He attended the painting school with Jovan Bijelić, and in 1938 he became a member of the painting group "Ten", which consisted of many later famous painters, such as Ljubica Sokić, Aleksa Čelebonović, Nikola Graovac and others.

After the occupation, posthumously Jurica took part in many battles conducted by the Yugoslav Partisans. He also had misgivings when the action was taken to the extreme.[1]He was killed during a civil war battle with the Chetniks in October 1943.[2] After the war, Jurica's paintings were put on display in exhibitions organized by Ljubica Sokić.[3]

Opus and group "Ten"

Jurica Ribar's painting activity lasted only seven years - from his first exhibition, after graduating from the painting school of Jovan Bijelić, in January 1934, to the beginning of the Second World War in Yugoslavia and his joining the Yugoslav Partisans in September 1941. He mainly worked on landscapes, figures, still lifes, portraits, flowers, terraces and parks. After a joint exhibition with Danica Antić, Nikola Graovac and Aleksa Čelebonović, Jurica continued to paint even more active and was especially interested in colour, and then his works Bokal with white flowers and blue background and Still Life with fish were created. His painting work was significantly influenced by visits to France, where he stayed during 1936, 1937 and 1938 with the painter Marko Čelebonović, the brother of his school friend Aleksa Čelebonović. His several-month stays in Saint Tropez and Paris significantly influenced the development of his painting talent, so he abandoned expressionism and began the search for a rich artistic expression in direct relation to nature. At that time, several works with motifs of landscapes from the south of France in completely green colour were created, among which are Landscapes from France and Hospitals in Saint Tropez. His "green phase", during which he relied on nature, was supported by a similar phase in which the painter Marko Celebonović was at the time. In his work, he later approached realism, and this phase lasted from 1937 to 1941, during which he painted in his small Belgrade studio in a kindergarten on the Danube. [4]

In 1938, he was one of the founders of the painting group "Ten", which included other young painters - Ljubica Cuca Sokić, Danica Antić, Bogdan Šuput, Stojan Trumić, Aleksa Čelebonović, Nikola Graovac, Dusan Vlajić, Bora Grujić. and Milivoj Nikolajević. Although heterogeneous in their composition, there were academic painters with a university education, but also painters by vocation, who belonged to various social strata from the working class, through the intelligentsia to the bourgeoisie. What this group had in common was that they were all painters and students of Jovan Bijelić. Some of the members of the group perished during the Second World War, while the survivors were significant artists in the post-war period. [5]This group of painters exhibited together in February 1940, where Jurica exhibited nine of his works - two landscapes from France, five still lifes, one flower and a painting in the park. He also exhibited during 1939 at the Spring and Autumn Exhibitions in Belgrade. At the Spring Exhibition, he exhibited his works Landscape from France and Landscape from the Danube, and at the autumn exhibition, a large self-portrait called The Young Man with the Blue Ribbon. [4]

Among the most significant works of Jurica Ribar, created from 1933 to 1941, are - "The Man with the Hard Collar", "In the Tavern", "Flowers in a Blue Vase", "Flowers in a White Jug", "Flowers", "Still Life", "Still Life with Fish", "Still Life with Metronome", "Landscape from Saint Tropez", "Woman in front of a mirror", "Still life", "Landscape from Dedinje", "Still life with a chicken", "Hospital in Saint Tropez", "Houses in Saint Trope", "Landscape from Saint Tropez", "Garden in Saint Tropez", "Sea in Saint Tropez", "Composition I", "Young man with blue ribbon" (self-portrait), "Portrait of a girl", "Still life with an angel", "Landscape from the Danube", "Landscape from Petrovac na moru", "Terrace in Petrovac na moru", "Composition II", "From the workshop", "In the park", "Landscape from Bileća", etc. [4]


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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Petričević 1987, pp. 31–44.
  5. Cite webhttp://www.rastko.rs/likovne/clio/acelebonovic-povest.html|title=Aleksa Čelebonović — Povest o vizuelnom|website=www.rastko.rs|date=a.n.d.

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